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Here's My Woodcarving!

by Philip Malenfant
North Pole, AK

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I carved the small mouth bass shown below from a small piece of basswood I had left in my garage. I drew it out on the wood with a piece of crayon, and then proceeded to take a few hand chisels and carve out the body of the fish. I then took and made the fins and tail from what I had left over and attached them to the body with glue. Undercoated the whole thing and then took an air brush and painted it.

Below are some pictures of a Northern Pike I carved this past winter. I tried to duplicate it from a picture. I caught this fish myself and it weighed 23 lbs. and was 43 inches long with a 20inch girth. I started by laminating two basswood planks together, and then with a drawknife and a few hand chisels I did the rest. Used an acrylic paint to finish the fish. I am now carving a small sunfish to put in front of his mouth as baitfish. I spent about a total of 80-100 hours making this fish. Carved the head separate and then attached it to the carved body, and then made the fins and also attached them as well. My first carved fish, and I might add I am not a professional wood carver or woodworker.

You can email Philip at pjm1@acsalaska.net .

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